Articles by Edan Lepucki

April 21, 2014

Best Coast: ZYZZYVA’s 100th Issue 0

It’s hard to think of a single mode in American literature and letters that at this point isn’t organic to the West Coast: you name it, there’s a writer here who has published a work about it.

April 9, 2014

Hug Your Darlings, Give the Moon the Finger: Writers On Delight 6

It’s miraculous that these little darlings didn’t get killed in the rewriting process.

March 26, 2014

Life is Too Short to Read a Bad Book: A Conversation with My Editor 10

After I sold my novel to Little, Brown, my editor Allie Sommer and I talked on the phone (for the second time ever). I said, “My parents are so proud of me!” and she said something like, “Mine are so proud of me!”

February 12, 2014

Plotted in Technicolor: On Mark Haskell Smith’s Raw 0

One particular image from Baked by Mark Haskell Smith persists in my memory. There is bondage involved. And testicle shaving. It was with this in mind that I began Smith’s new novel, Raw: A Love Story. I hoped to find that same ribald humor, not to mention a few delightful plot twists. I wasn’t disappointed.

February 7, 2014

Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor 35

I think I’ve always read like a copyeditor, even way back before I knew what a copyeditor was. One of my favorite authors is Proust, and when I was young I would read some of his sentences over and over trying to make sure I understood how every word related to the other words and just to make sure I understood what he was saying.

December 8, 2013

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 4

If I see you at a holiday party this December, I will corner you at the punch bowl and talk your ear off about Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon. This book is a masterpiece! And, hey, here, let me ladle you some punch, that’s a nice sweater, etc.

November 18, 2013

Ask the Writing Teacher: Fifty Shades of Rejection 14

To get an informed answer, I decided to query some highly respected magazine editors and readers to see what they had to say on the topic.

October 10, 2013

The Past is What Matters: On Margaret Atwood’s Vision of the Future 3

For Atwood, the speculative effort is to imagine not just what the future might bring, but also what it might take away.

September 23, 2013

Love, Reblogged: Thoughts on 40 Days of Dating 3

The project is a lesson for fiction writers in the variance of point of view, and it proves that interpersonal communication can be as trying as putting together Ikea furniture.

August 12, 2013

Ask the Writing Teacher: Story Arc(s) 6

The thought of a student asking me this question in a classroom, where I would have to improvise a coherent answer, is enough to make me retire. Story arc?!